Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSAP Source: NFL extends virtual offseason work through MayUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has updated its Organized Team Activities schedule as the league hopes to begin the upcoming season on time. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the NFL has extended its virtual offseason workouts through the end of May.NFL teams normally would be holding OTAs during May, followed by June minicamps. Those activities are being done remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Coaching and training staffs have worked with the players by conducting classroom instruction and on-field activities through digital applications.All 32 teams must submit plans for reopening their facilities to the league by Friday, though no dates for such re-openings are set. Offseason workouts must end by June 26, a week or so later than usual.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Florida is willing to be a restart site for professional sports leagues when play resumes following shutdowns caused by the new coronavirus. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he is welcoming all pro sports for practicing and playing, although he couldn’t guarantee that fans would be permitted. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced this week that his state is open to games without spectators for all the major sports starting Saturday. Associated Press — The PGA Tour has outlined a health plan for its return that includes testing players for the new coronavirus both at home and when they arrive at tournaments. The tour’s chief of operations says they won’t play if it’s not safe for everyone involved, and if testing takes away from resources in the host city. The return to golf will not include spectators or pro-ams. Key personnel will have to answer health questionnaires and have their temperatures taken every day. The tour says if a player tests positive, he will have to withdraw.— Santa Anita has received approval from Los Angeles County health officials to resume live racing Friday. The track stopped live racing on March 27 by order of the county health department because of concern over the spread of the coronavirus. The track raced without spectators for two weeks before it was shut down.— The South Korean women’s golf tour is starting up again. The KLPGA Championship opens today, without fans on the course. Organizers say social distancing will be practiced by players and tournament officials. Women’s golf joins South Korea’s professional baseball and soccer leagues, which have already restarted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.— Golf courses in England are reopening as part of some modest socially distanced easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. People in England can exercise more than once a day and with one person from outside their household, provided the rule to remain more than six feet apart is adhered to. In addition, outdoor tennis and basketball courts can be used, and people will also be able to swim in lakes and the sea.— Ferrari says it has developed a ventilator for hospitals dealing with the pandemic. The Formula One team says it created a device that is easy to use and assemble in conjunction with the Italian Institute of Technology. Ferrari says it was designed in only five weeks and can be produced using easily available materials at a lower cost than normal ventilators. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFT DEADLINEDraft deadline pushed backINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA is pushing back its deadline for early entrants to the NBA draft to withdraw and return to school.The deadline had been June 3, 10 days after the completion of the NBA scouting combine. But the combine was postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt said in a statement that college sports’ governing body won’t set a new deadline until the NBA has determined its revised timeline for the predraft process. Former Celtics, Canisius guard Johnny McCarthy diesBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Former NBA guard John McCarthy has died at 86.McCarthy was the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double in his first career playoff game, a feat that has been matched just three other times. He played six seasons in the league and closed his career by helping the Boston Celtics win the 1964 championship.McCarthy also helped Canisius earn a pair of NCAA appearances in 1955 and ’56.Canisius announced that McCarthy died Saturday of natural causes in the Buffalo suburbs, where he grew up and lived most of his life. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORU. of Michigan seeks to remove law firm in sex abuse suitsANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has announced that it is seeking to remove a law firm it hired to handle lawsuits following hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse by Dr. Robert Anderson, a sports doctor who worked at the school for decades.It’s the second time the university has sought to remove a firm helping handle the allegations, and just two months after the firm was hired.The school said in April that it hoped to settle the lawsuits. — Major League Soccer is looking at the possibility of resuming the season this summer with all teams playing in Orlando, Florida. A person with knowledge of the plan says the league’s 26 teams and limited staff would likely be sheltered in a resort with games played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World. Details of the plan are still under consideration. Teams could head to Florida as early as June 1 for training camps.— A person familiar with the decision says the Miami Marlins will temporarily furlough 90 to 100 baseball operations employees beginning June 1 because of the pandemic. The person told The Associated Press that about 40 percent of the baseball operations staff will be affected, with the status of those furloughed to be evaluated monthly. Their health benefits will continue through the end of October.— The Italian soccer league is hoping to resume competition on June 13. The date was agreed to during a video conference with all 20 Serie A clubs. It is subject to approval by the Italian government. Full team training will restart on May 18 after a revised medical protocol was approved. The clubs have already resumed training on an individual basis.— The Portuguese soccer league says it will delay its restart until June 4. The league was expected to resume at the end of May but will wait another week so there is time to “rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved” in the matches.— Players from the Spanish soccer club Elche did not return to practice on Wednesday as a protest against reduced salaries. The players for the second-division club were supposed to practice at the team’s stadium. Instead, they decided to keep training at home to show their discontentment with the team’s decision not to lift the furloughs that had been put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. Players had their salaries reduced by 70%. Update on the latest sports COLLEGE BASKETBALL-ALABAMA ST-MO WILLIAMSWilliams takes over Alabama State programMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former NBA point guard Mo Williams is Alabama State’s new head coach.Williams played 14 seasons in the NBA, winning a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant for California State University at Northridge, under coach Mark Gottfried.NBA-OBIT-JOHN MCCARTHY COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GEORGETOWN-McCLUNGHoyas star guard transferringWASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown guard Mac McClung plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal after taking his name out of consideration for the NBA draft.McClung averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 21 games as a sophomore this past season, missing time with a right foot injury.His departure follows the transfers of four other Georgetown men’s basketball players during last season. May 14, 2020 DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MICHIGAN STATENassar-related case dismissed against ex-university chiefDETROIT (AP) — A judge has dismissed criminal charges against former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon.She was accused of lying to investigators in 2018 as they tried to learn what she knew years earlier about sexual assault complaints involving campus doctor Larry Nassar. Simon last year was ordered to trial in Eaton County, near Lansing. But Circuit Judge John Maurer tossed the case, saying a lower court judge had abused her discretion in finding enough evidence to keep the case going.Nassar is serving decades in prison after hundreds of women and girls came forward to say he molested them during visits for hip, back and leg injuries. Authorities alleged that Simon knew in 2014 that Nassar had been accused of molesting a patient at a campus clinic, and that she knew of the nature of the complaint. The state-run Anadolu Agency reports that 32-year-old Cevher Toktas handed himself over to police and confessed to having smothered his son, Kasim, with a pillow on May 4.The boy’s death was initially not believed to be suspicious, although he tested negative for COVID-19. His body has been exhumed for an autopsy as part of the investigation.HaberTurk television reports that Toktas told police that while he was in hospital isolation with his son, who had a cough and high fever, he smothered the boy and called for help, saying the child had taken a turn for the worse.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Attorneys for McMahon argued Wednesday that Luck was fired for cause, in part because he failed to devote his business time to his XFL duties. They claimed Luck abandoned his responsibilities after the schedule was halted by the coronavirus.The league suspended operations and laid off all its employees on April 10, three days before filing for bankruptcy protection.TURKEY-SOCCER PLAYER-KILLINGTurkish soccer player confesses to killing son in hospitalANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities have arrested a former top-tier soccer player who confessed to killing his 5-year-old son while the boy was being treated in a hospital on suspicion of a COVID-19 infection. WOMEN’S HOCKEY-FUTUREPro women’s hockey association unveils 5-city regional planUNDATED (AP) — The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association enters its second season with plans to regionalize its structure by basing players in five hub cities.Groups of 25 players will practice in rinks in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. The league says players will have access to dedicated dressing rooms, strength and conditioning facilities as well as support staff and coaches.The PWHPA was established a year ago following the collapse of the six-team Canadian Women’s Hockey League. — The Japan Sumo Association says a 28-year-old wrestler has died from the coronavirus. The association identified the wrestler as Shoubushi and said he died of multiple-organ failure. He is reported to have been the first sumo wrestler to die from the virus, and among the youngest to die in Japan.— Beach volleyball teams will have an extra year to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. The system will otherwise remain the same. Most teams qualify by earning points on the international tour. The deadline for Tokyo had been this June but now it will be June 13, 2021. Additional spots in the Olympic tournament will be decided at continental tournaments that will be held until June 27 of next year.— Oaklawn plans to reopen its casino next to the racetrack in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on Monday. General manager Wayne Smith says state and health officials have given the go-ahead to do so with new health and hygiene protocols in place. The casino will operate at 33% capacity, staff and visitors will have their temperatures checked upon entry and must wear masks, and guests must show ID in case contact tracing is needed.— Rutgers is doing away with paper tickets to sports events in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The State University of New Jersey announced Wednesday that mobile-only ticketing to sports events will start this fall with the football season.— IndyCar plans to crown its champion on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. The original opener is being rescheduled for Oct. 25 as the finale. IndyCar was supposed to start its season March 15 on the temporary street course. Teams were already in place to compete before sports shut down 48 hours before the race because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league says it will continue its Dream Gap Tour series of barnstorming stops across North America.XFL-LUCK LAWSUITMcMahon fights back in battle with LuckSTAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawyers for XFL owner Vince McMahon have argued in court filings that he was justified in firing league CEO Oliver Luck last month just before the football operation shut down.Luck filed a federal lawsuit last month over his April 9 termination, alleging the wrestling magnate breached their contract. The father of former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and a long-time football executive is seeking monetary damages.
A recent strong run of play had bolted the Bishop Grimes boys soccer team to no. 5 in the state Class C rankings, and it was bent on defending that high standard.The Cobras dominated last Tuesday’s match against Cato-Meridian, ripping past the Blue Devils 7-0 for its eighth win in a row.Deng Mawien set a season mark for points, augmenting a three-goal hat trick by earning three assists. Not to be left out, Byam Mugushu had two goals and one assist, with Joe Schnur also getting a goal. Tags: Bishop Grimesboys soccerCBAESMJ-DMPH Against Cato-Meridian on Friday afternoon, MPH made it nine in a row, but in a far closer game than Grimes did as it held off the Blue Devils in a 3-2 decision.Here, Gopal Neopaney would score twice, while Alex Fung got the other goal. Hoke had a pair of assists and Brendan O’Malley also had an assist as each of Hanlin’s six saves proved important.In the week following East Syracuse Minoa’s rain-soaked 2-0 shutout of Jamesville-DeWitt on Oct. 3, the Red Rams would respond with a pair of shutouts against SCAC Empire division foes as ESM, by contrast, lost 6-1 to Pittsford Sutherland.J-D hosted Oswego last Monday afternoon and blanked the Buccaneers 4-0, reigniting its attack with the help of several different players.Zach McBennett, Jackson Carmen, Patrick David and Andrej Dovciak each put in goals, with McBennett adding an assist. Will Quackenbush and Aiden Scott earned assists as the Red Rams held Oswego to five shots.Then J-D visited Auburn last Thursday and unleashed plenty of offense in the course of a 6-0 victory over the Maroons.McBennett led the way, notching his first varsity three-goal hat trick. Helping out, Johnny Keib, Ben Collins and Alex Pomeroy had one goal apiece, with David and Dovciak earning assists.A non-league game Saturday at Rome Free Academy had J-D getting its third win in a row by a 2-1 margin, with McBennett picking up his fifth goal of the week and David also converting. Carmen and Connor Ball earned the assists and Matt Gera recorded six saves.Christian Brothers Academy took a heavy blow on Oct. 5 when it lost, 7-0, to State Class A no. 11-ranked PSLA-Fowler, but rebounded by venturing to Jordan-Elbridge last Tuesday night and getting all of its goals in the first half of a 3-0 victory over the Eagles.Taking turns, Benito Vlassis, Jack Harrigan and Zach Witz earned those three goals, and the Brothers took 19 shots to J-E’s five.Making it back-to-back wins on Thursday, CBA battled past Mexico 2-0, this time with goals from Jack Harrigan and Will Harrigan, each in the first half. Andrew Kohlbrenner contributed an assist as Rocco DeLorenzo was superb in the net, stopping all 10 shots he faced. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Early this week, Grimes would take on Manlius-Pebble Hill, who was already sporting a seven-game win streak when it hosted Tully last Monday afternoon, and once there it worked through the gloom to defeat the Black Knights 2-1 and improve to 10-2 overall.Off a feed from Simon Hoke, Ayman El-Hindi drilled a 25-yard shot into the net in the first half to put the Trojans in front1-0, only to have Tully’s Keiran Patrick tie it just before halftime.To regain the lead, MPH had Hoke take a pass from El-Hindi and put it past Black Knights goalie Nathan Zook in the second half. The Trojans held on from there, each of Ezra Hanlin’s nine saves important as Zook got 10 saves.
Three hundred fifty-eight days after Dora Delgadillo dropped a controversial match to Nicole Beck in the No. 5 singles bracket, she returned to the Nielsen Tennis Stadium Saturday. But this time things would be different. The Northern Illinois tennis player wouldn’t be accused of changing the score mid-match. Beck would be on the sidelines for medical reasons. And Delgadillo, having moved all the way up to the top singles game, would fall even harder.This time her loss came at the hands of No. 32-ranked Caitlin Burke, who dominated her Husky opponent in a 6-0, 6-0 victory that scarcely saw Delgadillo win a point. And such would prove the theme of the day, as the No. 34 Badgers dropped only one out of 17 games on the doubles court and nine out of 69 on the singles court.”I think what I was most pleased with today was our ability — and it was a challenge — to stay focused throughout every match they played,” head coach Patti Henderson said. “And to be able to stay on top of your opponent. … We were the better players on the court and sometimes you can have a tendency to drop your level. And I felt like we didn’t do that.”The outlook for Northern Illinois was grim before the match even started, as the team showed up in Madison with only five players, forcing the Huskies to forfeit a doubles match and the No. 6 singles bracket before the squad ever even suited up.”The biggest disappointment — and obviously it hurt them more than it hurt us — was Northern Illinois being shorthanded, which was unfortunate because we didn’t get to have everyone play, both in doubles and in singles,” Henderson said. “So that was unfortunate.”But Morgan Tuttle, the lone sophomore transfer, and her two freshmen teammates did see playing time as Henderson consciously sought to give them experience on Wisconsin’s home court. And while Tuttle, paired with Kaylan Caiati, dropped her first game on the doubles court, the duo rallied to win the next eight straight, defeating Lilian Asuaje and Jenny Edner.Meanwhile, Erin Jobe and Liz Carpenter, the Badgers’ two freshmen, each claimed convincing wins on the singles side, shutting out their opponents in the second set with 6-2, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-0 victories over Chrissy Nagel and Megan Brooks, respectively.”I just stepped up … I felt like all of the experience is kind of catching up and I don’t feel as nervous anymore … and we’re at home. I feel comfortable,” Carpenter said. “I just felt like that was in my comfort zone. … I went out and did my thing and did it fast.”Meanwhile, on the top court, Burke manhandled Delgadillo with a 6-0, 6-0 victory that clocked in as the day’s shortest match.”It’s our first home match, so we’re all really to excited to play,” Burke said. “We really wanted to make sure we came out strong.”Brooks was the only other Husky to return to Madison, having been shut out by Chelsea Nusslock in straight sets last year. This time around, Nusslock would make quick work of Asuaje, winning 6-1, 6-1.”It felt really good just getting the first home match out of the way. And I think we all did pretty well. It’s hard to adjust,” Nusslock said. “I don’t think I played too well, but I think overall I’m just glad to get the first home match win out of the way.”
Being the first-ever African American male head coach to reach championship game is significant, but not too significantHillsman was the second-ever African American male head coach to reach the Final Four and now the first to reach the championship. He recognized the importance because it’s “tough being the first,” but he also pointed out that he hopes everyone has opportunities like he’s had.“Whatever your nationality is, whatever your religion is, whatever your race is, this is an amazing seat to sit in. It really is,” Hillsman said. “It’s an amazing seat to be sitting in playing in the national championship game against the best. … I’m very happy that the landscape of basketball is changing and there’s a lot of opportunities for a lot of different people.” Comments Daily Orange File Photo Published on April 4, 2016 at 4:29 pm Contact Paul: email@example.com | @pschweds Related Stories 3 things Geno Auriemma said at his pre-national title game press conferenceBeat writers predict Syracuse-UConn national championship gameWhy Syracuse’s best shot blocker decided to stop blocking shotsStorify: Syracuse community reacts to women’s basketball’s Final Four win over WashingtonSyracuse advances to national championship game with 80-59 win over Washington Hillsman would root for Breanna Stewart if she wasn’t playing SyracuseStewart, the defending three-time Final Four Most Outstanding Player, grew up in North Syracuse and was recruited by Hillsman and the Orange. She was the No. 1 ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 by HoopGurlz and spurned her hometown school to go to UConn because she wanted a chance to win four national titles.On Monday, Hillsman disputed any claim that he has a poor relationship with the Stewarts. He said he still texts her dad, Brian, and they both encourage each other. If Syracuse wasn’t playing in the title game, Hillsman said he’d be rooting for her to claim her fourth national title.“Bre and her family are good people. I’m really, really happy for her. She’s a great player and a great kid,” Hillsman said. “And Connecticut, can there be a better story line a kid from Syracuse playing against Syracuse? I don’t think there can be. I was hoping that we could fulfill the back end of it because I think everybody has the front end already planned.” INDIANAPOLIS — Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman addressed the media on Monday morning one day before his team’s national championship game meeting with Connecticut on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The No. 4 seed Orange (30-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) will try to upset the No. 1 seed and three-time defending national champion Huskies (37-0, 18-0 American Athletic).Here are three things Hillsman said at his final press conference before SU’s first-ever national title game appearance.Syracuse’s attendance doesn’t matter to HillsmanThe Orange finished the year with the third-to-worst attendance numbers in the ACC. SU averaged 1,018, which includes two home NCAA tournament games that significantly helped boost the season averages. Over the prior three years, SU drew an average of 674 last year, 599 the year before that and 662 three years ago.But Hillsman said on Monday that attendance doesn’t matter to him and it’s frustrating how often it’s brought up.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’re always told you can’t get here because you don’t play in front of big enough crowds,” Hillsman said. “All these crowds going to affect you? Obviously not. It obviously has not affected us at all. Because we’re here. It’s about the players that’s on the floor and playing the games. It’s not about the crowd. It’s not about anything else. It’s really not.”MORE COVERAGE:Why Syracuse’s best shot blocker decided to stop blocking shotsThree things Geno Auriemma said at his press conference on MondayBeat writers make predictions for Syracuse-Connecticut in the national title game Facebook Twitter Google+
One of Wisconsin’s top assistant coaches – and one of just two coaches to initially stay with new head coach Paul Chryst after Gary Andersen departed – has left Madison and returned to his home state.Wisconsin football’s running backs coach Thomas Brown has left UW and will take the same position at Georgia, his alma mater, reports said Monday morning.The Georgia Bulldogs official Twitter account later confirmed those reports.Welcome back Thomas Brown! He returns to his alma mater and will be @FootballUGA’s running backs coach!— Georgia Bulldogs (@UGAAthletics) February 16, 2015Brown, along with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, were the only two assistant coaches who stayed at Wisconsin with Chryst after Andersen departed for Oregon State in December.Brown was influential in forming and saving Wisconsin’s incoming recruiting class for 2015, which includes four-star running back Jordan Stevenson, three-star running back Bradrick Shaw and four-star outside linebacker Arrington Farrar. He was also pivotal in gaining a verbal commitment from 2016 running back recruit Antonio Williams.Stevenson and Shaw signed their letters of intent to play at Wisconsin on Feb. 4. It is unclear how Brown’s jettisoning will affect their commitments, while Williams is the most vulnerable commit to flip.Williams, a four-star prospect from North Carolina, is currently ranked as the fifth best running back in the Class of 2016 according to Scout.com and is the Badgers’ lone commitment for 2016 so far.And now it really is just me. #GotToDoWhatsBestForMe— Antonio Williams (@A_B_Williams26) February 16, 2015 Staying off of twitter for a while. Not answering any questions at the moment.— Antonio Williams (@A_B_Williams26) February 16, 20152016 quarterback and Wisconsin prospect David Moore from Alpharetta, Georgia, also reacted to the news, demonstrating just how strong of a recruiter Brown was at Wisconsin.Brown was a running back at Georgia from 2004-2007, before playing in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons and the Cleveland Browns. Andersen hired him in 2014 after serving as the running backs coach at Marshall in 2013.Chryst will now have to hire the Badgers’ third running back coach in as many years. Thomas Hammock left that role following the 2013 season to take the same job for the Baltimore Ravens. In addition to running back, Chryst has yet to officially announce a wide receivers coach yet either.Spring practices for the Badgers will begin in a month with the annual Spring Game taking place on April 25 at Camp Randall Stadium.Update: It appears as if Williams is no longer fully committed to Wisconsin. According to Benjamin Worgull of BadgerNation.com, Williams will visit Alabama on Feb. 28 and is “no longer 100%” committed to the Badgers now that Brown has departed for Georgia.New London (NC) North Stanly 4-star RB/#Badgers commit, Antonio Williams will visit Alabama Feb.28. No longer 100% after Brown’s departure— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) February 16, 2015
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – It’s a fact: germs are lurking everywhere. From the people we meet to the objects we touch throughout the day, we are constantly exposed to germs. One place that should be a germ-free zone, however, is your toothbrush. Taking extra precautions to ensure that your entire family keeps their toothbrushes clean is one great way to fight germs and keep everyone healthy. Here are some tips to keep your mouth and your toothbrush clean.Never Share Your ToothbrushIt’s important to never share your toothbrush, even with other members of your family. Each member of your family should have their own toothbrush in order to prevent cross-contamination. When a toothbrush is shared, there is an increased risk of developing infections or diseases because of the exchange of microorganisms and body fluids.Wash Your HandsThroughout the day, your hands meet several germs. One of the simplest ways to ensure you aren’t spreading these germs is to wash your hands. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands before brushing your teeth. Following this step helps to prevent you from spreading any germs from your hand onto your toothbrush and, ultimately, to inside your mouth.RinseAfter you have used your toothbrush, take a few moments to rinse it off. Run the toothbrush under the faucet for several moments to ensure that it is clean. This step helps to rid the brush of any toothpaste, food particles or other debris that may have become lodged inside the bristles.Keep Moisture AwayIt might seem like an oxymoron to keep moisture away from your toothbrush, but it’s important if you plan to keep your toothbrush clean. After you have used your toothbrush and rinsed it, store it in an upright position in order to keep moisture away. A toothbrush holder that allows both the top and bottom of your toothbrush the chance to breathe is an ideal option.Replace Your ToothbrushReplacing your toothbrush periodically is another important step to take if you want to fight germs. It’s a good idea to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. However, it’s important to note that this is merely a guideline. If the bristles on your brush become damaged or frayed before then, you need to replace it right away. Bristles that are worn can’t efficiently clean your teeth, increasing your chance for dental disease.Dr Sharon Robinson, DDS, owns and operates the Dental Place in Plantation, Florida, with a second office – the Dental Place Cosmetix Spa in Kingston, Jamaica. She may be contacted at 954-792-1857. Visit their website, www.dentalplace4u.com
The Gunners have agreed to sign French U-20 international, William Saliba from Ligue Un club, Saint-Etienne.The deal will see the 18-year return to the French club on loan for the 2019-2020 season.The North London based club is understood to have beaten rivals, Tottenham Hotspurs to sign the young centre-back from France.The teenager made 17 appearances for Saint-Etienne last season and was included in the French team that participated in the U-20 World Cup in the summer.Unai Emery has been on the hunt for improvement in his team and the addition of Saliba is one the Spanish manager would relish.However, the Arsenal manager would have to wait another year to get the full services of the defender.
In this multi-part series, #JoySports Gary Al-Smith breaks down the voluminous 2014 World Cup Commission report into chewable bites.CLICK HERE FOR “Part 1: 30 most frequently asked questions”This second part explores how the obvious friction between the Ghana FA and the Commission affected the findings.–Why does the GFA feel victimized by the Dzamefe Commission report and the government White Paper?Before the answer, let’s backtrack a bit. The terms of reference of the commission are mainly to:1. To inquire into matters relating to:a) The preparation of the Ghana Black Stars Team for the tournament and possible lapses which might have caused the early exit of the team from the tournament;b) The management of the Ghana Black Stars Team and events in their camp during the tournament, andc) Ghana’s treatment of Ghanaian football fans who were sent to support the Black Stars by the Ministry of Youth and Sports; 2. To advise the Government on the financing of the activities of the senior national team and other national teams;3. To inquire into all other matters of public interest concerning the organization of Ghana’s Black Stars participation in the Tournament; and4. To make recommendations to the Government for ensuring that, as far as practicable, all the findings are implemented.With these in mind, there is a widely held belief in pro-GFA circles that both the White Paper and the subsequent report targets them on too many occasions. What are some of the FA’s arguments?Section 3.8 of the Dzamefe Commission (whose three members pose with the President, above) report recommends that GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi be investigated for allegedly misapplying $200,000. This was allegedly paid to him to organize a friendly before Ghana went to the World Cup.The GFA admits that Kwesi Nyantakyi did take the money, but they don’t get why their boss is not being named in his capacity as GFA President, but as an individual working on his own.Anything else?Yes. For the GFA, although the Commission does say Nyantakyi took the money, it does acknowledge that receipts for said cash were provided, so they don’t get why he is still being attacked. This position is not entirely true as, because he was leader of the FA delegation, the buck would have had to stop with him.And if you listened to the GFA’s rhetoric in the days following the White Paper’s release, they just stopped short of saying the Commission had been lazy as they (the commission) cast doubt on the veracity of the FA’s receipts (because they feel one of the stamps on the receipts could be fake) rather than going the extra mile to check if they are legitimate.And even worse, the GFA have been surprised that this recommendation was also accepted by the government’s White Paper.How does the GFA define the infamous ‘coefficient’ money?The background of the use of the term ‘coefficient money’ is as follows: while testifying, former Minister for Youth and Sports Elvis Afriyie Ankrah told the commission that the monies given to the team’s management as a lump sum were given to be distributed to all who played an administrative role. When, later, the GFA President testified, his account tied in with that of Afriyie-Ankrah. Nyantakyi went further to note that this practice was not new, and that similar processes had been done for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. In fact, he said it was standard for all tournaments and matches where management were due fees.For the GFA, this definition of ‘management fees’ given should not have been shot down by the commission, especially as none of the 87 witnesses summoned ever disputed it.Nyantakyi singled out again?When Kofi Manu, an FA member, appeared in the Joy FM studios last week, he expressed shock that his boss had been singled out to refund the ‘coefficient money’.This money ($412,500) was said by Nyantakyi to be monies paid to seven (unspecified) sports ministry officials as appearance fees. The commission has always disputed this fact on the grounds that the FA or Nyantakyi have been unable to provide documentation to that effect. But for the GFA, the fact that no contrary evidence was given and that only Emergency Committee members of the FA took the money [and in fact decided who should get how much] should be enough.Selective amnesia?Even before the Justice Dzamefe hearings began, the FA felt the government would use the three-man team to absolve themselves and party officials from blame.The GFA have, not overtly, argued that the key issue that caused player unrest in camp was the delay in arrival of bonuses – something caused by the sports ministry and not themselves. To this end, the FA have always scoffed at the White Paper’s recommendations which suggest ‘only’ surcharges for top government officials like Elvis Afriyie Ankrah and Larry Acheampong.The FA was particularly peeved when the White Paper and report seemed to focus on Prosper Apasu, the Chief Accountant at the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Chief Director of the Ministry, Alhaji Yakubu while seeming to let Afriyie-Ankrah off the hook.How valid are the GFA’s fears?The fact is that, by their very nature, Commissions of Inquiry can be potent political tools with which a sitting government can use to execute agenda. This is because Article 279 (1) of Ghana’s constitution says “a commission of inquiry shall have the powers, rights and privileges of the High Court or a Justice of the High Court at a trial, in respect of –(a) enforcing the attendance of witnesses and examining them on oath, affirmation or otherwise;(b) compelling the production of documents; and(c) the issue of a commission or request to examine witnesses abroad.In short, a government bent bullying potential witnesses can use these provisions to do so. Has the commission’s conduct before, during and after the hearings suggested an agenda against the FA?It is difficult to allege such bias, but a careful reading of the 396-paged Dzamefe Commission report does give an indication that the FA was probably targeted a bit too strongly.The key thing here is the tone taken when the commission was discussing the GFA in the report. Sometimes, it sounded downright hostile. But this apparent hostility had cause, to be fair.Anybody who closely monitored the sittings noted how FA officials – and their silky lawyer – constantly got on the nerves on the commissioners either by blatantly evading questions, invoking Fifa statutes to block demands from the commissioners, and other such gimmicks. And, even as an observer, it could get annoying.Examples of such ‘hostility’?Reports of commissions of inquiry should, as much as possible, make its points devoid of emotive sentiment. It did not seem that way throughout this report.The commissioners freely made assumptions that the GFA and the sports ministry were colluding; that the GFA tended letters in evidence ‘obviously drafted by their solicitor’; that GFA members who said they felt “uncomfortable” disclosing how much they got in bonuses shows “they have something to hide” and so on (pp 108 & 109).Another instance was when the commission was giving its conclusions about the conduct of the FA and sports ministry in the matter of refunding an $8m World Cup loan from the government. The commission concludes, rather brusquely, that “a certain level of collusion between top state officials and civil servants on one hand and management of the GFA on the other” existed with the aim to frustrate its work. And then the report concludes damningly that “in the end it is obvious that both [Ministry of Youth and Sports] and GFA had been brought together by a common desire to employ the prize money for purposes known to themselves”.Let’s keep in mind that the commission was always quick to remind the public that they were not a prosecutorial body, but just an adversorial and inquisitorial one.To that end, some of the language used in their recommendations and conclusions were not conciliatory all. It is no surprise that the FA have, throughout the entire process, been wary and defensive every step of the way. Does the GFA see any personal vendetta somewhere in the commission’s makeup?Yes. It has been widely thought in GFA circles that the inclusion of Moses Foh-Amoaning, in particular, on the three-member commission was done solely to attack them.The veteran broadcaster (above, pictured), with more than four decades of experience in journalism and law, is known to have strong moral and legal principles that have been irroncilable with the way many sporting bodies in Ghana work.The feeling of conspiracy came right from the start. Many FA people feel that the government, in fulfilling Article 278 of the constitution which says (in clause 3d) that… “a person shall not be appointed a sole commissioner or the chairman of a commission of inquiry under this article unless he is a person who possesses special qualifications or knowledge in respect of the matter being investigated,” …chose Justice Dzamefe for his hardline stance on issues.Also, clause 4 says “…where a commission of inquiry appointed under clause (1) of this article consists of more than two commissioners, other than the chairman, at least one of them shall be a person who possesses special qualifications or knowledge in respect of the matter being investigated.”That person, many pro-FA people feel, was Foh-Amoaning. And these people are adamant that his role was to perform a hatchet job on the football governing body.One didn’t need to be a rocket scientist to note how explosive the verbal sparring between Foh-Amoaning and Nyantakyi got anytime they came face to face. The mutual mistrust was clear.But is it true that there’s a belief in the GFA that this government does not like them?Yes. The belief is that sections of the ruling government do not like the Nyantakyi-led administration. This school of thought is predicated on the alleged [from the FA point of view] covert and overt attempts to dislodge the GFA boss, the most famous of which was the raid of their offices by the EOCO in 2010. So, how have the GFA insulated themselves against such fears during the hearings?Under Kwesi Nyantakyi, the current GFA have been known to be extremely competent in playing by the book, and it was clear – to a large extent – during the commission’s hearings. The GFA combined the vaunted legal experience of its lawyer Thadeus Sory (below, pictured) with a dogged approach to answering any questions on a need-to-know basis.It also helped that the FA’s representatives are hardened football people who clearly understood their rights with respect to what kinds of information they could be compelled to give.In the aftermath of the government’s release of the Dzamefe report and White Paper, the FA’s officials have maintained a stony silence on its findings. But what they have also done a lot of advocates who argue the above-mentioned points in the media, especially among the sports-biased media houses.One such FA official, Kofi Manu, was in the Joy FM studios last Monday to present a compelling argument as to why the government of Ghana has no right to interfere in the body’s operations. [Click here to read a summary of Manu’s presentation]Can the government still penetrate the FA using the findings of the report and White Paper?In a country like Ghana, football is an extremely emotive issue and both the GFA and the government know that. To this end, both bodies take great pains to influence public opinion, which is about the easiest way to perpertuate their agenda.As it stands, public opinion on the report and White Paper is split. Although a section of the public believe the GFA’s rhetoric that it’s being victimised, many of those same people would love to see a massive house-cleaning in the FA.In the same vein, the government is not fooling anyone with the way it presented the White Paper, which is widely seen as being protective of certain big names in government who were involved in the World Cup fiasco.In short, so long as football remains such a major pillar of the country’s passion, this smart GFA may be able to use the media and its influence to bulldoze their way out of some of the recommendations against them by the Dzamefe report –CLICK HERE FOR “Part 1: 30 most frequently asked questions”Want more? Click here for part 3.–Gary Al-Smith is assisting editor at #JoySports.
Joc Pederson knows there are going to be games like Saturday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks where he strikes out in his first three at-bats. But then there will also be moments like the seventh inning.Pederson jumped on a first-pitch fastball and launched it over the left-center-field wall for a tying home run that seemed ignite the Dodgers in a 6-4 victory over the Diamondbacks to win their third straight game and improve to 12-2 at home.“Joc got it started for us tonight,” said Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick, who singled home the red-hot Justin Turner for the go-ahead run in the seventh. “Joc is setting the tone, swinging well at the top of the order and doing it on defense, too.” Mattingly said he has been impressed with Pederson’s approach.VIDEO: Watch Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reflect on Joc Pederson’s latest moment of brilliance“It shows basically how dangerous Joc is,” Mattingly said. “He hit the ball the opposite way and way up back in there.“I think Joc is going to make adjustments. Pitchers are already starting to do that in the game, the second time through, but he showed he can do it too. That’s why I think we think he’s going to be really good.”Pederson’s two-out homer — a mammoth 448-foot blast — brought the Dodger Stadium crowd of 43,617 to life and tied the score at 4-4.Turner followed with a double down into the right-field corner, and Kendrick pushed a single to right field to give the Dodgers a 5-4 lead.Jimmy Rollins followed with an RBI single in the eighth inning for an insurance run.VIDEO: Watch Joc Pederson talk about the “next person approach” and what he is learning from the veterans“I don’t think anyone feels like they have to put the team on their back,” Pederson said. “If someone doesn’t do the job, the next person will pick them up. That’s part of being on great teams. We’re playing great baseball.“There’s a lot of experience out here. I’m just coming up and getting my feet wet and soaking it all in. A lot of guys are 10-year major-leaguers. They say it’s easier to get to the big leagues and tougher to stick, so obviously they are doing something right. I’m just doing as much as I can.”The Dodgers overcame a spotty spot start from Scott Baker, rallying from 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 deficits after he was hit hard in his second spot start as the Dodgers. He allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings.The Dodgers are averaging 5.93 runs per game at home and have hit 24 homers in 14 home games. How tough is it to get into the Dodgers’ lineup?Third baseman Juan Uribe has a 10-game hitting streak but has not started in each of the last three games.Turner — Uribe’s replacement so to speak — hit a solo homer in the first inning, then doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Kendrick’s RBI single. Alex Guerrero — another third-base candidate — added a pinch-hit single in the eighth that set up Rollins’ RBI hit.Scott Van Slyke also continued to play well with an RBI single in the second inning and an outfield assist to nail Cliff Pennington trying to stretch a single into a double in the second inning.And Yasmani Grandal — mired in an 0-for-13 slump and batting just .179 entering the game — recorded a season-high three hits.“We keep talking about fighting through your at-bats with the team,” Mattingly said. “Continue to compete and make the guy fight for his outs.”The bullpen continued to assert itself for the Dodgers, combining for five scoreless innings to extend its streak to 19 consecutive scoreless innings over its last six games.Juan Nicasio threw three perfect innings with two strikeouts. Yimi Garcia pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Chris Hatcher made his second save for the Dodgers with a scoreless ninth, aided by pinch-hitter David Peralta’s ball hitting runner Jordan Pacheco to end it.“You always see something you’ve never seen before. To end the game like that … we’ll take it,” Mattingly said. Pederson became the first Dodgers rookie to hit homers in four consecutive games with an at-bat since Bill Sudeikis in 1969.It was also the third straight game Pederson has homered since being inserted into the leadoff spot and was able to make the necessary adjustments.VIDEO: Watch Joc Pederson break down his approach at the plate and the adjustments he is making“They made good pitches tonight, so sometimes you’ve got to tip your cap,” Pederson said. “If they execute, then they execute. You’ve just got to wait for something to handle.“I’ve stuck to my approach. You just have to look for your pitch. I swung at some of their pitches tonight. But you’ve got to be patient enough to wait for yours.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWWE Extreme Rules delivered with a good night of action from start to finish that included plenty of “extreme” stipulations in the various matches. The wildest match of the night saw Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley fight all over the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia in a Last Man Standing match with the “Monster Among Men” scoring the win. Also, The Undertaker turned back the clock with a strong performance as he and Roman Reigns defeated the team of Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre.Plus, three titles changed hands on the night with the WWE now headed towards SummerSlam, its annual summer extravaganza, taking place in four weeks from now in Toronto. Check out Sporting News’ complete WWE Extreme Rules 2019 coverage below.(All times Eastern.)WWE Extreme Rules 2019 live updatesBrock Lesnar defeats Seth Rollins to win the Universal championship10:53 p.m. FINISH: Lesnar comes to the ring and hits Rollins with a German suplex. Then another one. Heyman hands the ref the briefcase and the ring announcer makes it official. Lesnar picks up Rollins and delivers an F5 and it’s over – Brock Lesnar is again the Universal champion. He takes advantage of a tired, hurt Rollins after an Extreme Rules match to win back the title that Rollins took from him. #BeastInTheBank has CASHED IN.@BrockLesnar is ONCE AGAIN your #UniversalChampion at #ExtremeRules! pic.twitter.com/Fihn8Vpbg2— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 2019Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch defeat Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans in a Last Chance Winner Takes All Mixed tag team Extreme Rules match to retain both the Universal championship and WWE Raw women’s championship10:51 p.m. FINISH: Corbin connects with the Deep Six on Rollins but Lynch breaks up the pin. He then hits Ends of Days on Lynch right in front of Rollins. Bad move. Rollins is ticked and he goes crazy on Corbin with a kendo stick. He hits the Stomp. Then a second one and a third and he gets the win. And here comes Brock Lesnar!10:49 p.m.: Two tables are set up on the floor and both Corbin and Evans are laying on them. Lynch then with a leg drop onto Evans and Rollins takes flight with a frog splash as he puts Corbin through a table..@BeckyLynchWWE and @WWERollins with the 1-2 punch!➡️ https://t.co/E0MswUzX3G pic.twitter.com/BDNzgOPMYC— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) July 15, 201910:46 p.m.: The announcers mention how Rollins cannot cover Evans for a pin but she and Corbin are both working over Rollins with kendo sticks in the middle of the ring. The rules are a bit weird. Evans and Corbin hit stereo chokeslams but neither gets the pin and the action goes back outside the ring.10:43 p.m.: Rollins tosses a chair at Corbin who catches it and Lynch comes off the top rope to kick the chair in his face. Corbin and Rollins spill to the outside and the women go at it. Evans connects with a nice moonsault but can’t get the pin. 10:40 p.m.: Rollins gets to his corner and Lynch tags herself in. She drops to the floor, grabs a chair, and goes racing over to Evans who has her own chair. Lynch hits her in the midsection and Evans drops her chair right into Lynch’s face but she does flinch. She literally is “The Man’. 10:37 p.m.: Rollins goes a dive but gets hit with a chair. Corbin slams him in the back with the chair and now there’s a few of them in the ring. Corbin connects with a DDT on a chair and almost gets the win. 10:32 p.m.: The guys are in early and Rollins connects with a Blockbuster off the top rope. Corbin falls out of the ring and grabs a kendo stick but never connects with it before he gets dropped. Evans picks up the stick and tries to hit Rollins but he catches the stick and Lynch comes into the ring with her own stick and smashes Evans with it.10:26 p.m.: There’s a lot going on here but basically it’s anything goes and if either Rollins or Lynch get pinned or submitted they both lose their titles. On the other side, Corbin and Evans cannot get another title shot against either of them if they lose. Kofi Kingston defeats Samoa Joe to retain the WWE championship10:18 p.m.: Kofi keeps trying to mount some offense but Joe stops him in his tracks every time. Finally, Kofi hits the SOS but can’t get the three count. He sets him up but Joe with the Coquina Clutch and then a senton. Kofi eats some punches but then hits the Trouble in Paradise out of nowhere and retains the title. Nice match, nothing special but told the story they wanted. No Brock? 10:14 p.m.: Joe is having his way with the champ so far including smashing his finger between the steel steps. No reading between the lines necessary here.#ExtremeRules @SamoaJoe pic.twitter.com/znTy38f4mw— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 201910:10 p.m.: The bell rings and Kofi hits a running drop kick but Joe fires back with a big clothesline. He chokes Kofi across the ropes and then levels him with a big shoulder. Joe using his power advantage early on. 10:05 p.m.: Why do I have this feeling that Samoa Joe or, more likely, Brock Lesnar, is going to ruin The New Day’s special night? View this post on Instagram Paul Heyman promised that Brock Lesnar would cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase at WWE Extreme Rules. And he came through on that promise.Right after Seth Rollins teamed with his girlfriend Becky Lynch to defeat Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans and retain the Universal championship, he found out his night wasn’t over yet. That’s because Lesnar marched to the ring and cashed in the case, taking advantage of the moment against an already tired, beaten down Rollins to quickly win the Universal championship, the same title he lost to Rollins earlier this year at WrestleMania 35. We have talked about this moment for so long…and 5 years later almost to the day, we did it…. • WE DID IT BAAAAAAYYYYBBEEE!!!! • #AllTheGold #wweextremerulesA post shared by Kofi (@thetruekofi) on Jul 14, 2019 at 6:56pm PDTKevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler9:58 p.m. FINISH: That didn’t take long as the bell rings and Owens immediately hits a Stone Cold Stunner for the win. After the match, he grabs the mic and barks at Shane McMahon for keeping a bunch of different people off the show. He adds that he’s glad Share ate a Tombstone Piledriver and tells him to go to hell. AJ Styles defeats Ricochet to win the United States championship9:53 p.m FINISH.: A great back and forth between punches and elbows and then bigger moves with Ricochet landing an enziguri and Styles connecting with a brainbuster. Ricochet gets to the top rope and lands a sweet shooting star press and makes the cover but Anderson points out that Styles has his foot under the ropes. Anderson tries to hit Ricochet but misses and gets kicked but Gallows doesn’t miss behind the referee’s back. Then Styles hits a Styles Clash off the top rope for the win and the United States championship. Another impressive match between these two and it feels like there’s still another level they can get to.9:47 p.m.: Styles is the wily veteran and has an answer for what Ricochet throws at him, hitting some big reversals including an inverted DDT and almost gets the pin.9:42 p.m.: Styles is looking to keep this at a slower pace but Ricochet keeps ramping it up.HE CAME TO PLAY TONIGHT.#ExtremeRules @KingRicochet pic.twitter.com/jTc8jEm2af— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 15, 20199:38 p.m.: Ricochet doing what he does with a shooting star press off the apron onto Styles on the floor. He gets distracted by Gallows and Styles attacks him from behind. 9:35 p.m.: Even before the bell rings, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows attack Ricochet in the ring. The ref finally gets them out of the ring and starts the match. 9:30 p.m.: And here comes Paul Heyman and he tells the crowd that he is Philadelphia and he is extreme. He again promises that before the night is over, Brock Lesnar will cash in the Money in the Bank case and will leave as either the WWE champion or the Universal champion. He adds: “am I telling you the truth or am I Paul Heyman?”The New Day defeat Daniel Bryan and Rowan and Heavy Machinery to win the “SmackDown” tag team championship9:28 p.m. FINISH: Bryan with a series of “Yes” kicks to Big E who stands up and looks possessed. He gets in Bryan’s face and takes a few slaps but is not phased and drills him with a clothesline. Woods gets the tag and he and Big E with a big double team move to get the win. The New Day are now six-time tag team champs. A lot going on with this match that turned out well but came just short of hitting high gear.PANCAKES and CHEESESTEAKS for EVERYONE.#ExtremeRules @WWEBigE @XavierWoodsPhD pic.twitter.com/3TMImY24PC— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 15, 20199:25 p.m.: Heavy Machinery with the Compacter on Big E but Woods make the save before the three count. The New Day members are cleared from the ring and Otis and Tucker charge into Rowan in the corner over and cover. They put the big Redwood up on the top rope and Big E with a superplex. Bryan is the legal man and he connects off the top rope onto Big E and then ties him up in a submission move but Big E somehow gets to the ropes.9:20 p.m.: Rowan gets a head of steam outside the ring and hits a flying cross body on Woods and then Bryan hits Woods with a flying knee. Big E follows with a dive through the ropes and he wipes out Bryan. Bodies are everywhere on the floor.9:15 p.m.: Daniel Bryan is taking control early on, raking away at Xavier Woods while holding him in a submission move. But we’ve just been waiting for Otis to get the tag and he finally does.#WATCHyourTOEZ, @WWEDanielBryan!#ExtremeRules @otiswwe pic.twitter.com/4wFZ7ZVi63— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 2019Braun Strowman defeats Bobby Lashley in a Last Man Standing match9:03 p.m. FINISH: They’re once again fighting up in the crowd and Strowman picks up Lashley and hits a power slam through a production area. The referee is counting and can’t see either of them but Strowman emerges through one side and gets the win. These guys beat the holy hell out of one another and the Philly crowd was really into it.8:58 p.m.: Lashley uses Strowman’s own move and runs around the ring and hits a huge shoulder block with Strowman flying over the announcer’s table. Lashley tips the table over on him and Strowman barely makes it to his feet before the ten count. He walks over the barricade and Lashley jumps off the barricade towards him but Strowman catches him and throws him hard into one of the international announcer’s tables. Ouch. 8:55 p.m.: Strowman runs over Lashley out in the crowd and he barely gets up before the count of ten. Strowman then tries to pick him up but Lashley gets loose and then picks up Strowman and drives him through the ringside barricade. 8:51 p.m.: They’re fighting into the crowd and they’re out on the concourse somewhere inside Wells Fargo Arena. They’ve found one of the merchandise stands and Strowman suplexes Lashley into the wall. The scary thing is this feels like it’s just getting STARTED.#ExtremeRules #LastManStanding @BraunStrowman @fightbobby pic.twitter.com/dnsrzSEkVp— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 20198:47 p.m.: Strowman is doing his run around the ring but Lashley nails him with a spear right to the spleen. I have no idea where my spleen is located.8:44 p.m.: Somehow, Strowman is doing this match after recently suffering a lacerated spleen. And he’s not showing any effects when he comes out either. Oh, HE’S HERE, and he’s READY.#ExtremeRules @BraunStrowman pic.twitter.com/9fRFeYo8aI— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 2019Bayley defeats Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross in a handicapped match for the “SmackDown” women’s championship8:38 p.m. FINISH: Bliss comes off the top with Twisted Bliss but Bayley gets her knees up. Nikki then comes off the top but gets caught with a knee to the face and then Bayley finishes her off with an elbow off the top. Decent match but a weird stipulation and Nikki and Alexa didn’t argue afterward. 8:33 p.m.: Alexa has been in there the bulk of the time and Bayley is finally firing back. Cool submission move as she has both Alexa and Nikki tied up.2-FOR-1 SPECIAL! 👏👏👏👏👏, @itsBayleyWWE. #ExtremeRules pic.twitter.com/40M9Ieml04— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 20198:27 p.m.: It helps to have two people on your side as Alexa pushes Bayley from behind on the apron and sends her face-first into the steel steps.8:21 p.m.: In case you were wondering, yes, if Alexa and Nikki win this match they will become co-champions. Sure.Aleister Black defeats Cesaro8:17 p.m. FINISH: They’re standing toe-to-toe, going back and forth with punches and forearms when Black breaks out the kicks and hits the Black Mass (spinning back kick) flush on Cesaro’s jaw for the win. This was quite the hard-hitting match that helped Black with the victory but Cesaro looked strong as well.8:14 p.m.: Black goes for double knees off the top rope but Cesaro uses his incredible strength to catch him and deliver a huge forearm. He makes the cover but Black grabs the bottom rope.Absolutely ABSURD.#ExtremeRules @WWECesaro pic.twitter.com/E8KgZfedjH— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 20198:11 p.m.: Black is connecting with a variety of strikes before Cesaro comes back. He shows off his own athleticism with a springboard elbow off the middle rope that drops Black. 8:08 p.m.: Black shows off his athleticism with a smooth moonsault off the top rope onto the floor.8:04 p.m.: Black is finally back in action along with his super cool entrance.His name is @WWEAleister, and he’s lookin’ for a fight. #ExtremeRules pic.twitter.com/vkIB1sxSW9— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 2019The Revival defeat The Usos to retain the “Raw” tag team championship8:00 p.m.: FINISH: Nice sequence to close it out with Wilder going for a DDT off the ropes and tagging Dawson mid-air. He missed the DDT but together they connect with the Shatter Machine for the win. These teams can’t have bad matches but this was a notch below their best stuff.7:58 p.m.: Jimmy finally tags in and cleans house until he gets hit with a powerbomb. Jey tags back in and Dawson connects with a brainbuster but can’t get the pin. Move double team moves as Dawson hits a superplex and Wilder follows up with a splash off the top but Jimmy breaks up the pin at the last second.7:54 p.m.: Classic tag team wrestling as The Usos finally made the tag but the referee didn’t see it so The Revival keep Jey in the ring. Double team maneuver with an elbow off the top rope but Jey fights back and he and Scot Dawson crash awkwardly off the top rope.7:48 p.m.: The Usos working in unison early on.TIME TO FLY, UCE.#ExtremeRules @WWEUsos pic.twitter.com/JdFuK74zXz— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 14, 20197:44 p.m.: WWE is knocking out the tag team matches early. Well, there will be one later on since the main event is also a tag team match. Roman Reigns and The Undertaker defeat Drew McIntyre and Shane McMahon in a No Holds Barred match7:37 p.m. FINISH: Shane connects with a coast-to-coast on The Undertaker with a trash can going into his face. Reigns is back in this and hIts a Superman punch on Elias on the floor. Then the “Dead Man” does the sit-up-back-to-life and freaks on Shane. McIntyre tries to sneak up behind Taker but Reigns cleans him out with a spear and then Taker drops Shane with a Tombstone Piledriver for the win. The match picked up in the second half when they realized it was a NO HOLDS BARRED match and they could do whatever they wanted. Give The Undertaker a lot of credit and he moved better than he has in a long time.Living legend.#ExtremeRules #Undertaker pic.twitter.com/VdZwO3pvyt— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 20197:30 p.m.: McIntyre misses a big shoulder in the corner and Reigns makes the hot tag to Undertaker who goes to town on Shane who also tags in. Undertaker is ready to powerbomb Shane through the announcer’s table when Elias comes from nowhere and smashes him in the back with a guitar. McIntrye with a Claymore Kick on Reigns on the floor and then delivers another one to Undertaker who is then put through the announcer’s table by a Shane McMahon flying elbow from the top rope.#ExtremeRules@shanemcmahon + #NoHoldsBarred = pic.twitter.com/KrZCdvPpmQ— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 14, 20197:22 p.m.: Taker tags in early and unloads with a flurry of punches on Shane. He follows this up with a big clothesline and then goes “old school” walking the ropes. I must say that the “Dead Man” looks to be in really good shape.7:19 p.m.: For some reason, they’re doing traditional tags in this NO HOLDS BARRED match. Not sure why.7:17 p.m.: Between the opening video and the entrances, this match is finally starting.7:06 p.m.: Big match to start the main card and I’d expect these four to fight anywhere and everywhere. Drew Gulak defeats Tony Nese to retain the WWE Cruiserweight championship6:52 p.m. FINISH: Gulak hitting the big moves including a powerbomb and a clothesline that turns Nese inside out. He then picks Nese up and slams him down with the Cyclone Driver to retain the Cruiserweight championship. These two have great chemistry and this was yet another good match between them. it would be great if they were even given twice as much time.6:50 p.m.: Nese is a human highlight reel with a compact moonsault hitting Gulak on the apron and then a 450 splash off the top.6:44 p.m.: The bell rings and Gulak immediately charges at Nese and connects with a running drop kick. The action spills to the floor where Nese does a cartwheel on the apron to avoid a shot but then gets drilled with a diving clothesline.PSA: @DrewGulak hits hard.#ExtremeRules #205Live pic.twitter.com/sP5rHCMylm— 205 Live (@WWE205Live) July 14, 20196:42 p.m.: A tradition unlike any other – the WWE Cruiserweight Championship match on the kickoff show!6:35 p.m.: Interview time with The New Day as they promise to win all the gold with Kofi promising to retain the WWE Championship against Samoa Joe while Big E and Xavier Woods looking to become 6-time tag team champions. We now go live to @TrueKofi, @WWEBigE and @XavierWoodsPhD…➡️ https://t.co/E0MswUzX3G pic.twitter.com/RgcyCqt5Zi— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) July 14, 2019Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Finn Balor to win the Intercontinental championship6:29 p.m. FINISH: Balor had Nakamura in the drop zone and went for the Coup de Grace off the top rope but Nakamura moved and connected with a knee to the back of Balor’s head. He followed that up with the Kinshasa and scores the pin to win the Intercontinental Championship for the first time in his career. Good, solid ten minutes of action with a really nice sequence to end the match. Could this be the rebirth of Nakamura in WWE? We shall see.This is how you do it.Congratulations, @ShinsukeN! #ExtremeRules #ICTitle pic.twitter.com/HSXFhcCKuR— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 14, 20196:25 p.m.: Fast pace from the get-go in this one including Balor connecting with a big dive onto Nakamura on the floor.6:19 p.m.: They’re not waiting and are getting to the action early.TIME FOR ACTION.@ShinsukeN is looking to take the #ICTitle on #ExtremeRules Kickoff streaming RIGHT NOW on @WWENetwork! pic.twitter.com/3PdF54DHNw— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) July 14, 20196:13 p.m.: One other thing hanging over the show: will tonight finally be the night that Brock Lesnar cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase? Paul Heyman has teased it for a while but promised it would happen during “Raw” this past Monday night. He said it was a “spoiler” and when he says that, it does actually happen. We’ll see if he was predicting the future or playing mind games.6:00 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of WWE Extreme Rules 2019. Two more matches were added earlier today so there are now 12 matches listed for this show with two of them on the kickoff show. Also announced is that the main card will begin with the tag team match pitting The Undertaker and Roman Reigns against Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre in a No Holds Barred match.The #Undertaker & @WWERomanReigns will team up to OPEN #ExtremeRules TONIGHT at 7e/4p in a #NoHoldsBarred Match against @shanemcmahon & @DMcIntyreWWE! https://t.co/ozB5GWRHKC pic.twitter.com/v2JEHZAzhn— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 2019WWE Extreme Rules 2019 lineup- Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch vs. Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans in a Last Chance Winner Takes All Mixed tag team Extreme Rules match for both the Universal championship and WWE Raw women’s championship- Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE championship- Roman Reigns and The Undertaker vs. Drew McIntyre and Shane McMahon in a No Holds Barred match- Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. Heavy Machinery vs. The New Day for the “SmackDown” tag team championship- Ricochet vs. AJ Styles for the United States championship- Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross in a handicapped match for the “SmackDown” women’s championship- Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley in a Last Man Standing match- The Revival vs. The Usos for the “Raw” tag team championship- Aleister Black vs. Cesaro – Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler- Drew Gulak vs. Tony Nese for the WWE cruiserweight championship (pre-show match)- Finn Balor vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental championship (pre-show match)